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Last weekend spent helping the other half organise a hotrod show so thought I would bring along my more modern one to mix it up!! I got all its new decals fitted last Sat and last night fitted clear 3M film on top of the door sills to protect them. On the whole its getting there. Am well wrapped to bits. <_<

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<_< Stunning...

(but why is yours blue when mine is red?)

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<_< Stunning...

(but why is yours blue when mine is red?)

This car has a unique version of the V8 Engine. It is built with a X Plane Crankshaft (production cars have a Flat Plane Crank)which gives it the Typical V8 'Rumble' sound - It sounds like a '57 Chevy according to Lotus!!! Mines pretty quiet though with current exhaust system on it compared to other Loti V8's ive heard!

Otherwise apart from a remapped ECU theres not a lot of differences Engine wise. Lotus used the blue as a theme for the Sport 350's. AP Calipers and interior also contain blue colours. <_<

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Gorgeous. Stunning! I want one!

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This car has a unique version of the V8 Engine. It is built with a X Plane Crankshaft (production cars have a Flat Plane Crank)which gives it the Typical V8 'Rumble' sound - It sounds like a '57 Chevy according to Lotus!!! Mines pretty quiet though with current exhaust system on it compared to other Loti V8's ive heard!

Otherwise apart from a remapped ECU theres not a lot of differences Engine wise. Lotus used the blue as a theme for the Sport 350's. AP Calipers and interior also contain blue colours. <_<

Hey Kylie,

Looks very, very nice. You

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Yup, tip top Kylie <_< Now spill the beans on this unique engine.

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Kylie,

You lucky lady. I thought that Brian Angus' Esprit was the only V8 to have the X plane Crankshaft. What ECU are you running and what are the differences?

Regards,

Peter.

This car has a unique version of the V8 Engine. It is built with a X Plane Crankshaft (production cars have a Flat Plane Crank)which gives it the Typical V8 'Rumble' sound - It sounds like a '57 Chevy according to Lotus!!! Mines pretty quiet though with current exhaust system on it compared to other Loti V8's ive heard!

Otherwise apart from a remapped ECU theres not a lot of differences Engine wise. Lotus used the blue as a theme for the Sport 350's. AP Calipers and interior also contain blue colours. <_<

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Typically, although the engine will be smoother and sound delicious <_< the crank will be anything up to 25% heavier, due to the counterweights. This will lead to a less responsive and less revvy engine.

There is some theory that the flat-plane design may also have power advantages, but in practice I doubt that it makes any difference.

I would have thought that you would need different cams, ignition timing etc as well.

... interesting.

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Guys I am learning new stuff every day about this car and the history just gets better and better. I have the original email from Brian recently which says this about the engine. I am honestly a little miffed now as the way it could have meant was that all Sport 350s has this option. From what you chaps are saying its NOT normal therefore modded at request on engine assembly at the factory to some cars but not all?? Ill contact Brian and see what cars had this mod and what else was tuned at the time to get it running good - for the records <_<. The thing is this car has big dirty aftermarket mufflers which really are quiet IMO. I am going to have to change these to something sexier to get the best noise from this car I think <_<

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As Peter said, I'm sure that Lotus only produced 1 x-plane crank engine and that is in the car used by Lotus Engineering. It does sound divine! <_<

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Kylie,

You lucky lady. I thought that Brian Angus' Esprit was the only V8 to have the X plane Crankshaft. What ECU are you running and what are the differences?

Regards,

Peter.

Shux Peter <_< I honestly had no idea this was not common, thats the problem with me missing out on all the gathering talk you guys have at pubs/meets which I am envious, I am just picking up things here and there and learning as much as possible. Brian Angus has been a legend and giving so much information, I am very fortunate.

I only just found out recently through Brian that the car was an ex company car for the first year of its life and clocked up a massive 18,000miles in one year. It was driven by the head of Engineering at the time. I am not bothered by the high miles as its all stamped up by Lotus and its dam cool knowing its spent time there being tinkered with no doubt.

One of the previous owners which I do not know who, put in the Red Racing ECU. I was told by the last PO it was supplied from PUK. After talking to Marcus there is no record of any of the PO's purchasing these, so its perhaps through the factory. I know its in there though as it shows up as a fault code of 450bhp and some other jargon on the service agents scanner. Its also got the shiny alloy actuators, boost is set to 0.9 bar. The exhaust is a Blue Flame one decatted straight cut with mufflers. And yeah the car is incredible to drive there is so much power its frightning. Ive been bought up around V8s most of my life, but this is something else.

As Peter said, I'm sure that Lotus only produced 1 x-plane crank engine and that is in the car used by Lotus Engineering. It does sound divine! <_<

Bibs, I posted this in one of my first posts. I cut and pasted a section of Brian's email relevant which is his words and not mine :) In any case Ill find out perhaps there where two.

"This car has a unique version of the V8 Engine. It is built with a X Plane Crankshaft (production cars have a Flat Plane Crank)which gives it the Typical V8 'Rumble' sound - It sounds like a '57 Chevy "

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There is some theory that the flat-plane design may also have power advantages, but in practice I doubt that it makes any difference.

I would have thought that you would need different cams, ignition timing etc as well.

... interesting.

A flat-plane crank allows the engine to run like two 4-cylinder engines which, in turn, allows better exhaust tuning as you don't have to link the banks. This allows the primaries to be shorter which helps at high revs so increasing power.

The differfent firing order would need new cams, I would think.

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A flat-plane crank allows the engine to run like two 4-cylinder engines which, in turn, allows better exhaust tuning as you don't have to link the banks. This allows the primaries to be shorter which helps at high revs so increasing power.

The differfent firing order would need new cams, I would think.

Yeah, I had read that the exhaust tuning should allow more power at higher revs. I think that it is in competition engines, with the use of restrictors, that the outputs didn

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If the engines were restricted the power output would be controlled by the restrictor. Tuning wouldn't get more air in at the top end once the restrictor was sonic. However, I would expect the flat-plane crank engine to have a better torque curve unless the peak revs were reallly low.

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I think you'll find flat plane cranks also tend to be stronger and can handle higher revs. If forged there is no twist and if a billet no machining across the grain so to speak.

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